Never Want Wherewithal

In my Lord’s Day readings, I came across two comments on generosity and giving that I thought would be edifying to pass on.

“Then they took them, and had them to Mount Charity, where they shewed them a man that had a bundle of cloth lying before him, out of which he cut coats and garments for the poor that stood about him; yet his bundle, or roll of cloth, was never the less. Then said they, What should this be? This is, said the Shepherds, to shew you, that he that has a heart to give of his labour to the poor, shall never want where-withal. He that watereth, shall be watered himself” (John Bunyan, The Pilgrim’s Progress, p. 345).

“The Country Parson is full of Charity, it is his predominant element . . . He first considers his own Parish, and takes care, that there be not a beggar, or idle person in his Parish, but that all be in a competent way of getting their living . . . But he gives no set pension to any; for this in time will lose the name, and effect of Charity with the poor people, though not with God: for then they will reckon upon it, as on a debt” (George Herbert, The Country Parson, pp. 72-73).

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